Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
It’s always nice when a highly skilled, highly decorated veteran brewer (who’s been working for someone else) finally gets to open his own place. Second Chance is the long-awaited brewery from Marty Mendiola, who was the head brewer at Rock Bottom La Jolla for many years.
The spacious and open tasting room, opened in September of 2015, is fairly bare-bones from a design standpoint, but it offers copious counter-and-bar space as well as table space for gathering with your thirsty buddies. Regular food trucks provide grub, and a number of food options are available within minutes of the brewery.
Marty and his team surely know what they’re doing, so you can count on quality no matter what they’re pouring when you arrive. Try a taste of everything, but be sure to try the porter, which is a particular specialty of Marty’s and one that many other brewers emulate.
San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 150 working brewery locations in our county, with an estimated 30-40 more in the planning stages. That’s a lot of breweries to sort through. So where to begin? Well, the answer is right here. If you want to plan any kind of brewery experience, The San Diego Brewery Guide is your most essential tool. Not only does it list the location and key information about every working brew house that’s open to the public, it also allows you to search for breweries that meet your specific criteria. Do you only want breweries in a specific neighborhood? No problem. Only want places that have patios for dogs? You got it. Do you want to keep your search limited to small or medium-sized breweries? Yup, we got that.
With so many breweries to choose from, we hope you’ll keep coming back to consult The San Diego Brewery Guide on a regular basis. Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for you to plan the perfect day or weekend of brewery tours and tastings in San Diego—and to do it time and time again. If you haven’t already, you’ll see that there’s nothing better than enjoying a great brewery-fresh beer right where it’s made.
So get out there and explore! Sip. Savor. Socialize. And get ready to be awed by some of the best brews to be found anywhere on the planet. Enjoy!
- Bruce GlassmanEdit ModuleShow Tags